An election official in Guinea-Bissau says a presidential runoff will be held next month. Electoral commission president Desejado Lima da Costa said Wednesday the vote will be held April 22. Former prime minister Carlos Gomes Jr. took nearly 49 percent of the first vote. Challenger Kumba Yala came second with about 23 percent. Yala has previously said he won’t participate in the runoff because he believes the poll earlier this month was fraudulent. It’s not known if he will participate in the April runoff.
Observers have said that the first poll proceeded smoothly and that the vote in the West African country seemed to be transparent. Voters hoped the poll would stabilize this coup-prone nation marred by a military assassination and the recent death of the president.